“Pandemic Monitoring Without Scapegoating: Lessons from the Shincheonji Community of South Korea” by Massimo Introvigne

An earlier version of this essay was published here, on Diresom. On February 19, 2020, I received the first of many phone calls from the media about a new South Korean religious movement known as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which was somewhat related to the spread of COVID-19 in the country. I was the

“Re-centering the Religious Freedom v. Public Health Debate” by Faraz Sanei

The devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened concerns among human rights advocates that governments will use their police powers to suspend or severely curb fundamental rights in the name of public health, welfare, and safety. One of these rights is the freedom of religion or belief, which interacts with — and is sometimes

“Trump Administration’s Religious Freedom Claims Require a Closer Look” by Melissa Rogers

The Trump administration is promoting new proposed rules on social service partnerships with faith-based organizations under the banner of religious freedom. A closer look, however, reveals that the proposals would actually eliminate certain religious liberty protections for social service beneficiaries, and that none of the Trump administration’s justifications for its actions holds water.  To appreciate

“God and the Law in the Age of Secularization” by Rafael Domingo

Over the last few years,  I have attempted to present a universal and coherent legal framework for the treatment of God, religion, and conscience by secular legal systems. This project is based on my objections to  both traditional religious and current liberal approaches to religious freedom. The religious approach fails because it requires the concept

“Gender Role Attitudes of Traditional Arab Women and Haredi Jewish Women in Israel: A Comparison” by Gilan Miller-Gertz & Nour Abu-Ghosh

In Israeli society, Haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) and traditional Arabs live within close proximity to one another. While these religiously, ethnically, and culturally differentiated groups do not typically interact with each other, women from both groups appear to share certain aspects of their lifestyles. Both live in relatively closed societies; both have relatively limited contact with

“Church Burnings Across Ethiopia: A Signal of a State Struggling to Cope with Rapid Transition” by Bisrat Kebede

 Vijay Vinoth / Pexels In 2019 in early September, the Ethiopian government held an emergency meeting with leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to discuss the ongoing political and religious tension in the country. Since July 2018, thirty churches have been attacked across several regions in Ethiopia. More than half of those churches have burned to the